For several years now I have been in awe of the Carmel Eng. Dept. for the complete lack of common sence used in some of their street and intersection designs and the lack of knowledge about street design of those who approve the plans that come out of that dept.
Besides the State and Federal engineering standards used to design streets and intersections, common sence must also be included. Obviously it was not used in two locations very close to each other. One is the west side of the Keystone/Carmel Drive intersection and the other is the N.E. corner of Range Line Road and Carmel Drive at the new “convenience Store” site. The store might have been fine, but the gas pumps make it a traffic nightmare. Did anyone consider that traffic exiting the pumps onto Carmel Drive might want or try to turn left. Bad news….. When the light is red at R.L.Rd, storage backs up to block entering and exiting from this drive. I hope the city will install a “No Left Turn” sign for people exiting the pumps. If there is not such a sign at the exit onto R.L.Rd., there should be one there also. Both exits should be “Right Turn Only”.
All during the construction of the traffic circle at Carmel Drive and Keystone Ave., people, heading east, had to turn north on the drive between Harris Bank and the office bldg. and then turn east through the office bldg. parking lot to get to MacDonald’s. In their infinite wisdom, the engineers eliminated all entrances into MacDonald’s in their design except for traffic coming from the west. Since the completion of that intersection, the office bldg. has put up barricades so that traffic cannot use their parking lot as a drive to MacDonald’s. And I don’t blame them. It was/is dangerous for people who work or do business in that building. But now what happens to the people who are going east and want to go to MacDonald’s, other businesses or Mohawk Apartments. They have only one alternative. They must go east, completely around the traffic circle, until they are heading west and turn north into the Mohawk Apartment Drive to enter MacDonald’s. This is insane!!!!!! And it puts an unnecessary load of traffic on the traffic circle thus increasing the probability of accidents. There is plenty of room to install a left turn lane into the apt. drive so people can get to MacDonald’s. This whole situation should have been studied much closer during the design period, but in there haste to get Keystone reconstructed, Carmel’s mayor and engineer did another “shoddy” design job.
There is insight and there is foresight, but some people’s sight is to always “put the cart before the horse.” Or maybe someone just wants to put MacDonald’s out of business at this location.